Cross-kitted 1/48 scale
by Carmel Zammit
Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a/U2
Tamiya's 1/48 scale
Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a
is available online from Squadron
This project started as talk between myself and a few pals. Then, one
day whilst chatting in Hannants Colindale, Steve Smith, a good friend
and fanatical Me 262 lover, walked in with three Me 262 kits - 1 x
Tamiya Clear kit, 1 x Tamiya bomber kit and 1 x Dragon glass nose
Steve looked at me and said, "Stop talking about it and get on with it!"
While trying to wriggle out of this seemingly impossible task, Gary
Linsdell (Hannants shop manager) decided to cut the front end off the
extremely rare Dragon kit and declared, "There is no excuse now!"
Construction began with marrying up the already cut kit parts. They were
a surprisingly a good fit, allowing the Dragon parts to fit to the
Tamiya parts without major grief. The rest of the airframe was pretty
much all Tamiya so no need to elaborate there.
When the airframe was together it was time to fit the glazings. The
front glazing for the bombardier simply did not fit. I overcame this by
holding the front end together & clamping with tape & gluing the glazing
on with superglue(honestly).
Markings and Finishing Touches
Spraying the plane was done with Xtracolor enamels RLM81 RLM82 OVER76 &
decals were a combination of Dragon & Aeromaster.
Now I can reveal the need for the Tamiya clear kit - it has an engine.
The original kit parts were cut to accommodate the engine which actually
clicks into place. The engine itself is great needing only wiring as all
the various bits seem to be in place. The wiring was done by Mick Pitts
whose patience is beyond compare. Mick brought the engine to my house
fully wired but not painted (cheers Mick but you could have
I sprayed the engine with different shades of Alclad,the wires were
picked out with Humbrol enamels after a wash of diluted ink.
The finishing touches seemed never ending - taking off all the
masking tape, adding the wheels (Cutting Edge resin parts) etc.
The results of this project far outweighed all the frustrating times,
however it certainly is not the kind of task that one would recommend to
I was very pleased with the end result and I am happy to have this
Messerschmitt Me 262 in my collection.
I would like to thank Big Steve for his enthusiasm not to mention
supplying the kits.
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|German Jet Aces of World
Aircraft of the Aces 17
Author: Hugh Morgan, John Weal
Illustrator: John Weal
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £2.99
January 15, 1998
Details: 100 pages; ISBN: 1855326345
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